Great sandwiches don’t happen by accident: You’ve got to balance moistness and crunch, weigh toppings and main components, choose bread that will make each element shine, and construct them so that every bite yields the ultimate satisfaction.
Sandwiches are a common-thread dish that unite cultures, peoples, and cuisines from all over the world. Take Cuba’s medianoche sandwich of roast pork, ham, and Swiss on a sweet egg loaf, or Lexington, North Carolina’s pulled pork sammie nestling tender pork shoulder in a tart tomato-based sauce.
We’ve sliced our list of favorites down to the 50 essential sandwich recipes to try right now. Your lunch game will never be the same again.
Raegan Steinberg, co-owner of Arthur’s Nosh Bar in Montreal’s hip Saint-Henri neighborhood, calls her partner chef Alex Cohen an “everything and the kitchen sink kind of cook.” Called the McArthur Sandwich, this high-piled schnitzel-filled creation adapted from the restaurant is the perfect example of his genius. Pounded and breaded chicken is topped with sweet honey, salty dill pickles, and vinegar-y iceberg slaw, then served upon crispy challah toast. The secret to the crunchy yet hearty schnitzel breading: instant mashed potato flakes mixed into the breadcrumbs. Get the recipe for The Ultimate Fried Chicken Sandwich »